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06.16.14

Viral Video of the Day: A 'Bloomsday' Primer

Why James Joyce's 'Ulysses' is celebrated today

We're getting a little bookish for today's viral video. Every June 16th, literary nerds worldwide celebrate 'Bloomsday,' named for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of James Joyce's classic novel, Ulysses.

We're betting you don't have the time to read the 900-page modernist tome today—it's available to read online for free if you do—so here's a 60-second primer explaining Bloomsday and its significance.